Fox News host Tucker Carlson slammed the New York Times Wednesday for hosting an event featuring disgraced FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried.
“Tonight we’ll start with a quiz. What do you have when you find Sam Bankman-Fried, Janet Yellen, and President Zelensky of Ukraine in the same room? A federal grand jury proceeding? That would be a good guess,” Carlson said. “Sam Bankman-Fried seems to have been in the biggest fraud in history. As the chair of the Federal Reserve, Janet Yellin bears responsibility for the destruction of the entire U.S. economy. President Zelensky, meanwhile, sits atop a money laundering scheme so brazen the Democrats won’t allow it to be audited. Yes, these are three people who could badly use a federal investigation. They’re not getting one. Instead they’re being celebrated, held up as uniquely fascinating people by ‘The New York Times.’” (RELATED: FTX Collapse Is ‘A History-Changing Event,’ Tucker Carlson Says)
CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin interviewed Bankman-Fried, who ran FTX, a crypto-currency exchange, until it declared bankruptcy Nov. 11 following a report by Coindesk that alleged customer funds were being misused, Wednesday about the exchange’s collapse. Bankman-Fried allegedly loaned $10 billion to Alameda Capital, another company he ran and reportedly planned to donate $1 billion to Democratic causes.
“‘New York Times’ readers were clearly impressed by the Democratic mega-donor Sam Bankman-Fried, who also happens to be one of the most prolific thieves ever. Whatever. He seemed like a nice kid. It was a pretty amazing display,” Carlson said. “But what is most interesting about an event like this is not what it tells us about the guests, at some point history will render its judgment about them, but what it tells us about the people who invited the guests. If it’s okay to treat Sam Bankman-Fried like another naughty celebrity – Sam Bankman-Fried, everybody, applause, applause, applause – if you can do that, then who’s off limits? Who’s beyond the pale?”
“Well, as it happens “The New York Times” has spent the last few days telling us, delivering yet another hyperventilating lecture about who we’re allowed to associate with and who we must avoid at all costs, and it really depends on political loyalty,” Carlson said. “Some people, ‘The New York Times’ explained, have views that are so reprehensible, these people are physically off limits. You can’t be in the same room with them, you can’t talk to them, you can’t ask them questions. Their opinions are like smallpox, communicable and deadly. These are the thought criminals and thought crimes are the only crimes that matter. Other crimes, not such a big deal. Murder and rape and carjacking? No. As ‘The New York Times’ has often told us, people who do those things are the victims of your racism, so they deserve compassion. By the way, so do good liberals who stray outside the lines.”
“Good liberals can always be forgiven, even when the things they’ve done are objectively very, very bad, like tanking the U.S. economy or stealing billions from investors and using it to buy Bahamian real estate or bringing the world to the brink of nuclear war and get rich while you’re doing it. Liberals can still do these things, and you can still heartily applaud them, because in the end their hearts are in the right place.”
Carlson referred to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, who dismissed concerns about inflation and expressed doubts that a recession would happen, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zalensky, who Carlson accused of lying about a missile impact in Poland earlier this month.
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